In what may be the most obvious Apple rumor in quite some time, the company is reportedly working on the next iPad with Retina display (5th generation), and will be taking design cues from the iPad mini. This means a thinner, lighter full-sized iPad with anodized aluminum backing and thinner side bezels. What isn't so obvious, though, is the timing of the rumor. When Apple released the 4th generation iPad just 7 months after the 3rd generation model, many wondered if it meant that the company would be moving to a semi-annual release schedule. We'll know for sure if the 5th gen tablet drops in March.
Geeky Gadgets is reporting that it's received a report from a UK-based retailer that the iPad mini is set to launch on November 2 in North America and the UK. Further, pre-orders for the smaller iPad tablet should begin on October 26th, three days after Apple's iPad mini event is held in San Jose, California. The November 2 date just makes sense--it's 10 days after the Apple event, and it's a Friday, which is typically how Apple rolls with these kinds of hardware releases. So, if you're interested in picking up one of the new iPad mini units, it looks like November 2 is your day.
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MacRumors has obtained photos of what is reported to be the internal battery for the upcoming iPad mini. As indicated by the battery's marking of 3.72 volts, the battery life on the 7.85-inch iPad is expected to be between an iPhone and fully sized new iPad, 16.7 Whr of juice on 4490 mAh of charge. As a disclaimer, we can't yet authenticate if the leaked part is legitimately from Apple, but based on other Apple-designed batteries, it has the familiar markings of past and current products. The battery is still in regulatory limbo, and is subject to be changed if needed.
The iPad mini is rumored to be unveiled on October 23rd. How's that for doubling down on secrecy?
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Fortune is reporting that it has received word from a "major Apple investor" that press invitations will go out on October 10th for Apple's much rumored iPad Mini event, hot on the heels of the release of the iPhone 5. The iPad mini is said to sport a 7.85-inch display with thinner side bezels. Mock-ups have appeared on YouTube of the upcoming mini tablet, which is prepped to go up against the newer crop of smaller tablets like the recently released Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. We'd say this is perfect timing, as the holiday shopping season is right around the corner.
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Nowhere Else is at it again, this time publishing a few images that show the alleged design of the upcoming iPad mini, that being the heavily-rumored 7.85-inch version of the Apple tablet. We must point out that the device certainly doesn't look to be an actual product, but rather something simply based on the rumored design specifications. That said, it looks pretty nice, no? Apple is expected to reveal the 7.85-inch iPad sometime next month, as it's dedicating tomorrow to the iPhone 5 unveiling.
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A smaller iPad has been rumored to be arriving for over a year now, aimed to compete with 7-inch tablets like the Kindle Fire. Now, on the heels of the announcement of the Nexus 7 and Surface tablets, both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that sources are indicating that Apple is set to start production on a 7.8-inch iPad with the goal of launching it this October. Unlike the 2012 iPad model, this smaller slate won't be sporting a Retina display as Apple will instead opt for a 1024 x 768 panel to keep costs down. We know, it's another iPad rumor. The difference here, though, is that when you see major outlets like WSJ and Bloomberg reporting it, it's with great confidence. October should also see the debut of the next-generation iPhone as well.
There's a little company out there called Senseg that makes tactile displays using an electrostatic field to simulate the feeling of friction and different textures right on the touchscreen, and the last-minute rumor of the day is that the technology might be the big secret feature of the iPad HD. The folks over at Pocket-link spoke with a Senseg rep, and were told that the company wouldn't be making any statements until "after Apple's announcement." Kind of odd and interesting. Either the person knowns they need to keep their mouth shut, or there's really nothing there and they just want a little publicity. However, in mid-2011 it was reported that Senseg was partnering with "a certain tablet maker based in Cupertino," and Apple's invitation for today's event does read "We have something you really have to see. And touch." Is that a vague clue? We'll know in under an hour.
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Okay, so we know that the name of the next Apple tablet is iPad HD, we know it will have a super high-resolution 2048x1536 display, we know that it will be packing 4G LTE connectivity, and now we know when you'll be able to get your hands on one. As we'd guessed previously, the iPad HD, which Apple will be announcing tomorrow, will be available on March 16th for purchase. Apple Stores are already planning for the launch, which would take place 9 days after tomorrow's announcement. That's a similar timeline to iPad launches in years past, and is therefore not surprising. Our friends at 9to5Mac are reporting that they've received similar information.
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The other day we filled you in on details about the iPad 3, which will feature a 2048x1536 display, as confirmed by our friends at MacRumors. Now, the folks over at iFixIt are chiming in, explaining the process of figuring out that the purported iPad 3 panel will feature a Retina Display. Check out the video above for the details. Of course, Apple has yet to officially announce anything having to do with the next iPad, and won't be saying anything until March 7, so this is all just a hypothesis. Nevertheless, this is what's gonna happen. Expect it!
If you were curious if the iPad 3 would ship with a Retina display after all the rumors, well, wonder no more. MacRumors has independently confirmed that the panels that are to be used in the next iPad sport twice the linear resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2, sporting four times as many pixels. The site obtained one of the new panels and put it under a microscope in order to check out the pixel density. The results show that the pixels in the newer display panel are a quarter of the size of the pixels found in previous models.
MacRumors does note that the panels are not directly from Apple, however, they are listed as OEM replacement displays for the iPad 3 and are in mass production. The difficulty in creating 9.7" display panels with a 2048x1536 resolution make this all but obvious that these are for the next iPad.
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